Councils will send confirmations for primary school places on April 16 .
Applying for a Reception place starting in September 2021
|8 February 2021||Closing date for applications from people moving into the borough, or changing address after 15 January 2020.|
|By 8 March 2021||Applications are ranked according to admissions criteria.|
Important dates You can apply for a school place in the January of the year your child is due to start school . There is an online application process via the Education Authority website. You need to list four schools you prefer, or more than four if there are likely to be more applications than places.
Currently, students can apply to attend a public school outside their catchment area by providing a valid reason. This could be that the school in their catchment is full or they need specialised education which is not available in their catchment school .
Across the country, councils will send out confirmations about which school your child has been offered a place at today (Thursday, April 16, 2020 ). For years when the date falls on a weekend, it will be sent out on the next working day.
A primary school (in Ireland, the UK), junior school (in Australia), elementary school or grade school (in US & Canada) is a school for children from about four to eleven years old, in which they receive primary or elementary education .
Visiting a primary school : what to look for and questions to ask A good school will be happy for you to visit outside of scheduled tour times, but you do need to phone and arrange a suitable time. Go during school hours so you can see the children working and playing. Look at displays. Ask about parent helpers.
First, consider this: Children who switch schools after the 8th grade tend to have lower school engagement, poorer grades in reading and math, and a higher risk of dropping out of high school altogether.
Things to consider when choosing a school for your child Personal values and preferences. Practical considerations. School -specific factors. School communication and connections. Financial and practical considerations. Academic and extracurricular considerations. Feelings and values. Class size.
Generally you will be allowed to stay at the school . There might be some push back if you then try and enroll a younger sibling later on down the track from the new address but generally they’ll take them too.
Schools with a catchment area have a defined geographical area that they will accept applications from. Children living outside the catchment area are unlikely to be offered a place. Some schools , however, don’t have a set catchment area , but offer places to pupils from any area based on their distance from the school .
For purposes of this guidance, the term “ enrollment ” also means registration, matriculation, or attendance in school . Similarly, a school district cannot deny a student enrollment if his or her parent chooses not to provide his or her own social security number.
A catchment area is basically the area from which a school’s pupils are drawn. For most schools , there’s no such thing as a fixed catchment area . It changes every year depending on things like how many applications the school received and how many siblings of existing pupils applied that year (as they get priority).